Elizabeth More (Liz) Lennon

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Assistant Professor
  Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  

ORCID:
0000-0002-9988-4365
Office: A140 Vet Hospital
Phone: (865) 974-8387
Email: elennon1@utk.edu


Biographical sketch

Dr. Lennon is board-certified in small animal internal medicine. She received her DVM from North Carolina State University, completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and then returned to North Carolina State University for a small animal internal medicine residency, where she be-came interested in researching inflammatory bowel disease due to clinical frustration with treating this condition. Following her residency, she completed a PhD studying the role of the mast cell in intestinal inflammation.

Dr. Lennon splits her time between internal medicine clinics and her research lab. Her re-search focuses on anti-inflammatory mechanisms of mast cells in inflammatory bowel dis-ease in order to improve currently available therapies for this debilitating condition. Dr. Lennonís laboratory uses cellular and molecular biology techniques as well as bioinformatics approaches to discov-er new protective mechanisms in mast cells. Mast cells are present at the interface of the gastrointestinal mucosa and the intestinal microbiota, and are important cellular players that direct immune responses. Through address-ing these questions, the Lennon laboratory hopes to improve our understanding of inflammatory bowel disease and to eventually design more effective treatments.